News from the Lancaster County School District, October 2022
Lancaster County Community,
October is National Principals Month! Please join me in celebrating our principals during this month of national recognition. Our principals set the academic foundation to create the best educational framework for our students.
Thank you to all the LCSD principals who work tirelessly to put our children first. We are grateful to all our principals for being such strong leaders today and every day.
I hope your fall season is off to a great start,
Dr. Jonathan Phipps
National Principals Month
Celebrate October’s National Principals Month with us as we recognize our K-12 principals’ devotion to student success and staff development. Thank you LCSD principals!
Michael Belk, Buford High
Ashley Bradley, Buford Middle
Brent Chavous, South Middle
Michelle Crosby, A.R. Rucker Middle
Teryn Dalton, Harrisburg Elementary
Sarah Deason, Indian Land Elementary
Melanie Hollis, McDonald Green Elementary
Cory Hyslop, Erwin Elementary
Brad Johnson, Indian Land Intermediate
Brittany McManus, Brooklyn Springs Elementary
Keishea Mickles, North Elementary
Kevin Miller, Indian Land High
Rodney Miller, Lancaster County Career Center
Shuntay Miller, Andrew Jackson High
Rosalyn Mood, Lancaster High
Jill Nelson, Buford Elementary
Kelli Overcash, Kershaw Elementary
Jason Ramey, Van Wyck Elementary
Kathy Richardson, Southside Early Childhood Center
Chucky Rivers, Discovery School
Chris Thorpe, Indian Land Middle
Chris Timmons, Andrew Jackson Middle
Sheri Watson, Heath Springs Elementary
Keisha Witherspoon, Clinton Elementary
LCSD Teacher of the Year
We are excited to share that Mica Parker, first-grade teacher at Heath Springs Elementary, has been named LCSD's Teacher of the Year! She was given a $1,000 check to spend in her classroom and Burns Ford graciously gifted her a new Ford EcoSport for the year. You can watch Mrs. Parker's surprise on our district Vimeo page HERE.
Buford High Music teacher, Ne'Torrian Patton has been named LCSD Beginning Teacher of the Year! He received a check for $500 to spend in his classroom. You can watch Mr. Patton's surprise HERE.
Both Mrs. Parker and Mr. Patton have set the bar high. They are both amazing teachers. We couldn't be more proud to have them on our team.
Congratulations to all of our school-level Teachers of the Year!
LCSD Holiday Card
Artwork is due to no later than Tuesday, November 1st. You can turn your design into the school office or your Art teacher.
Click this link for all the design details: 2022-2023 LCSD Holiday Card Flyer
National School Lunch Week
To recognize the National School Lunch Program, serving nearly 30 million children each day, Lancaster County schools will celebrate National School Lunch Week next week from October 10-14, 2022. The fun and creative campaign theme, “Peace, Love & School Lunch,” highlights the importance of a healthy school lunch to a student’s success both in and out of the classroom.
Follow LCSD Nutrition and Food Services on Facebook as we celebrate National School Lunch Week as a district.
Free Horticulture Classes
Tuesday, October 11 @ 6 pm
LCSD Career Center Agriculture Classroom
625 Normandy Road in Lancaster
Lancaster Green Thumbs presents Fall Planters
Thursday, October 20 @ 6 pm
Buford High School Agriculture Classroom (V6)
4290 Tabernacle Road in Lancaster
Topic: Lawns- Keeping it Green
Comporium Affordable Internet
The Affordable Connectivity Program is a $14-billion program broadband adoption created by Congress. This federal program evolved from the funding mechanisms that arose during COVID and is designed to help close the digital gap in terms of affordability.
Comporium opted into the program when Congress rolled it out earlier this year. What that means for residents living in our service footprint is that they could qualify for the home broadband service for free.
That includes the following:
100 x 100 Mbps (Fiber) or 100 x 3 Mbps (Cable Modem) at no cost
No data caps and no throttling
No additional installation or equipment fees
They also have the option to upgrade to higher tiers and still receive monthly discounts too.
Any household is eligible if a member of the household meets one of the criteria below:
Participates in the FCC’s Lifeline program
Has household income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (level adjusted from EBB Program)
Participates in a Lifeline-qualifying government program
Received a Federal Pell Grant in the current award year
Participates in free & reduced-price school lunch program or school breakfast program
Participates in the Special Supplemental Nutritional Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
For more information, visit Comporium's website here: https://www.comporium.com/affordable-connectivity-program/.
Bank of America Teacher of the Year
Leading the Way Award
The Richard W. Riley College of Education at Winthrop and our Rex Institute offers an annual award—the Jessie Little “Leading the Way” Award—to recognize the exceptional teachers who not are not only successful in their classrooms but also invest their time and talents to help others be successful teachers. This includes teachers who mentor beginning teachers (or even veteran teachers), who work with pre-service teachers in their field and clinical placements, or who are Teacher Cadet teachers.
We seek nominations from across South Carolina. The teacher who receives the Leading the Way award receives up to $2,500; and, fortunately, the funding to date has allowed us to also recognize the runners-up with a monetary award.
Please click this flyer link for more information: Leading the Way Award Flyer
Submit nominations for the "Leading the Way" Award HERE by Friday, October 14, 2022.
American Legion Teacher of the Year
See Something, Say Something
There are three ways you can report school crime:
- By completing the fillable form HERE (this form can also be found on the front page of the district website)
- By emailing the information to email@example.com
- By calling or texting the information to (803) 320-1672
This crime line is for reporting such incidents as a weapon on school grounds, bullying, harassment, threats, vandalism and alcohol or drugs on school grounds. If you prefer to speak to someone from our safety staff, you may call (803) 320-1672 or (803) 285-6009.
State law and board policy require that law enforcement be notified of criminal behavior committed on campus or during school-sponsored activities.
Please note: In case of a life-threatening emergency, please call 911 immediately. This crime line is not monitored 24/7.
School principals are responsible for submitting names of individuals or groups from the school or school area that the board should recognize.
Winners of a national or a state award will be presented with a Trustees Award during a regular Board of Trustees Meeting.
Congratulations to the following September Trustees Award recipients:
Click this link to submit an #lcsdspotlight of your own: #lcsdspotlight link
See the most recent #lcsdspotlight(s) below:
October 13: R1 elementary/middle and R2 high school reporting ends
October 14: Student/Staff holiday
October 17: Student holiday; Staff PD
October 25: R1 elementary/middle School and R2 high school report cards issued
November 8: Election Day; Schools and offices closed
November 23-25: Thanksgiving Break
Have you ever thought about working for Lancaster County School District? We are always in need of great teachers! But not all of our school openings require an education degree. We have openings for substitute teachers, bus drivers, 29 hour assistants and cafeteria staffers! Check out all our job openings by clicking the link below: